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Casanova, Giacomo

(1725-1798) Venetian author, moderately prolific, variously employed; best known for his Mémoires (posthumously published in 12 volumes 1826-1838), the single-mindedness of which caused his name to pass into the language as a serial seducer of women. He wrote initially in Italian, but later moved over to French, the language in which he wrote his Fantastic-Voyage novel, Icosameron, ou Histoire d'Édouard et d'Élisabeth Qui Passèrent Quatre-Vingt-Un Ans chez les ...

Freedman, Nancy

(1920-2010) US actress and author whose sf novel, Joshua Son of None (1973), one of the earliest novels to deal with cloning (see Clones), depicts the intrigue surrounding the childhood and adolescence of Joshua Francis Kellogg, cloned in 1963 from the body of John F Kennedy. The Immortals (1976) is borderline sf. [JC]

Curtis Warren

Founded in 1948, one of several UK publishing firms which flourished in the decade after World War Two by releasing dozens of purpose-written paperback originals in various popular genres. Before it foundered in 1954, Curtis Warren had published over 500 novels, 98 of them sf, all of them composed strictly according to length restrictions: in 1948-1950, Curtis Warren books were of 24 or 32 pages; in 1950-1953, they were of 112 or 128 pages; from 1953, 160-page volumes were the rule. Curtis ...


US/UK tv series (1982; vt Mastermind UK). CBS Television Productions for CBS-TV (US), Channel 4 (UK). Created by John Hawkesworth. Produced by Christopher Neame. Directors included Roy Ward Baker, Henry Herbert, and Don Sharp. Writers included William Froug, David Karp and Robert Schlitt. Cast includes Julian Glover, George Innes, Jenny Martin and Sam Waterson. Six 60-minute episodes. Colour. / In 1912 London, eccentric expatriate US Scientist Professor Quentin Everett Deverill (Waterson) ...

Wallace, Doreen

Working name of UK author Dora Eileen Agnew Wallace Rash (1897-1989), author of much popular fiction over a 65-year career. Forty Years On (1958) is set in the fens of Eastern England on the Isle of Ely (in fact not an island but a marsh-surrounded raised village surmounted by the famous cathedral) after a nuclear Holocaust, which had the virtue of solving at one blow the problem of Overpopulation. Here, under pastoral guidance, a chaste rural Fabian Utopia is soon founded (see Cosy ...

Nicholls, Peter

(1939-2018) Australian editor and author, primarily a critic and historian of sf through his creation and editing of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction [see below]; resident in the UK 1970-1988, in Australia from 1988; worked as an academic in English literature (1962-1968, 1971-1977), scripted television documentaries, was a Harkness Fellow in Film-making (1968-1970) in the USA, worked as a publisher's editor (1982-1983), often broadcast film and book reviews on BBC Radio from 1974 and ...

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